Elijah Wood’s a pretty busy guy. He’s not only returning to the world of the Shire thanks to his appearance in the Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit, but he also has the second season of FX’s Wilfred to film and, as announced by Bloody Disgusting, the leading role in a remake of William Lustig’s 1980 serial killer flick Maniac.
The film is being produced by Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur, who directed and wrote the 2006 Hills Have Eyes remake. Franck Khalfoun will direct, returning to work with the pair that wrote P2, his feature-film debut.
While BD broke the news, Deadline got even more information about the plot of the remake, which changes some of the details of the original, but seemingly sticks to the film’s story for the most part: “Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.”
Wood, whose character is named Frank, will be joined by French actress Nora Arnezeder. We’ve seen Wood take a turn as a nutcase thanks to his turn as Kevin, the mute murderer in Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. He was one of the creepier elements in an all-around creepy flick, so we’re hoping he brings that same intensity to this more real world-based horror tale.
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